The Mighty Peking Man

Overview

This campy Hong Kong version of King Kong played at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival (in the Midnight Madness sections), as well as the Toronto Film Festival. Mighty Peking Man is an over-the-top retelling of the great ape story in classic Hong Kong action style. A giant ape (called Mighty Peking Man) has emerged following an earthquake in the Himalayas, and has made its way to the Indian jungles. Lu Tien and Johnny Feng plan to capture the ape and exploit it, so they head out on an expedition to catch the beast. ...
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Overview

This campy Hong Kong version of King Kong played at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival (in the Midnight Madness sections), as well as the Toronto Film Festival. Mighty Peking Man is an over-the-top retelling of the great ape story in classic Hong Kong action style. A giant ape (called Mighty Peking Man) has emerged following an earthquake in the Himalayas, and has made its way to the Indian jungles. Lu Tien and Johnny Feng plan to capture the ape and exploit it, so they head out on an expedition to catch the beast. After violent encounters with elephants and other wild creatures they turn back, except for Feng, who on his own meets Samantha, a Tarzan-like woman in a leopard skin who was raised in the jungle. Feng and Samantha fall in love, capture the ape, and take it to Hong Kong. There, of course, the ape escapes its shackles and ravages the city. The big guy eventually climbs the Connaught Centre, the city's tallest building, where he soon meets his demise.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unbelievable to the point of being surreal and unintentionally hysterical, this 1977 film might be best described as "King Kong in Hong Kong." The Mighty Peking Man possesses the same appeal of any Godzilla movie: A guy in a goofy-looking monster suit stomps on miniature buildings and toy tanks. Its human protagonist is daring adventurer Johnny Feng (Danny Lee), who guides an expedition into the mountainous Himalayas. Their goal: to find a 100-foot-tall ape known as the Mighty Peking Man. The creature is captured and shipped to Hong Kong, accompanied by the white jungle goddess Samantha (Evelyne Kraft), his only human friend and the film's most impressive visual effect. A vacuous blonde who flits about in abbreviated animal-skin ensemble, Kraft is quite a sight. If ever there was a film that deserves its reputation as a camp classic, The Mighty Peking Man is it.
All Movie Guide
This Hong Kong knockoff of Dino de Laurentiis' costly 1976 remake of King Kong lacks that film's big budget and slickness, but makes up for its shortcomings with an endless onslaught of Eastern-tinged B-movie dementia. If judged by conventional viewing standards, The Mighty Peking Man is riddled with problems. The tone veers wildly from kiddie-show goofiness to surprisingly adult sleaziness and the characterizations are as thin as the cardboard buildings the titular creature stomps flat. The film, however, is a genuine hoot if viewed in a properly campy mindset. The wild script blends a crazy quilt of bits lifted from King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, and even Godzilla into a tall tale that's so action-packed and unpredictable that B-movie addicts will joyfully overlook its threadbare production values. Director Ho Meng-Hua keeps all the carnage moving faster than a bullet train, and the lovely Evelyn Kraft adds some bonus eye candy as the lovely jungle girl who is the Peking Man's only true friend. The Mighty Peking Man is cheap and sometimes downright insane, but it will please schlock enthusiasts because it is never dull.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • UPC: 812491011577
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Source: Well Go Usa
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Li Hsiu-hsien Chen Cheng-feng
Evelyn Kraft Ah Wei
Hsiao Yao Huang Tsui-hua
Ku Feng Lu Tien
Lin Wei-tu Chen Shi-yu
Wu Hang-Sheng Ah Pi
Chen Ping Lucy
Technical Credits
Ho Meng-hua Director
Wu Cho-hua Cinematographer
Chiang Hsing-Lung Editor
Tsao Hui-chi Cinematographer
Chua Lam Producer
Runme Shaw Producer
Run Me Shaw Producer
Run Run Shaw Producer
Vee King Shaw Producer
Wang Yung-Hua Sound/Sound Designer
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